Best of Show at Salute 2015 deservedly went to Ron Ringrose and the Essex Gamsters for “Fort George”, based on a Bernard Cornwell novel set during the American War of Independence. The custom built terrain including ships and the level of detail in all the miniatures made this the stand out spectacle of the show.
Tin Soldiers of Antwerp brought another lovingly created table this year depicting the Napoleonic “Battle of Charleroi”.
Blockbuster Wargames staged “The Battle of Lützen” in 1632 along a massive frontline.
“Napoleon: The Last Gamble” was presented by Loughton Strike Force using the General de Brigade set of rules.
“Lake of Death – The Battle of Aruara” during the South American Wars of Independence was created by the South London Warlords.
Black Powder rules were in play for “The Battle of Guilford Courthouse” during the American War of Independence by Newark Irregulars.
Battle displays from the 18th and 19th centuries always make for a visual spectacle with plenty of colourful uniforms, banners, cannon and cavalry. Salute 2014 had its fair share of these as would be expected.
The South London Warlords’ own Battle of Barbastro during the 1st Carlist War was arguably the most imposing and also had plenty of nice little touches.
Wargames Illustrated recreated the Battle of Arklow from the Irish Rebellion with an imposing array of forces and scenery to match.
Napoleon’s Battles were the background for a sweeping battlefield in 18mm scale by Capitan Games.
The Golden Age of Piracy provided the setting for skirmishes by Spirit of the Game using their own set of rules and pitching redcoats against bands of pirates in a Caribbean port in 40mm scale.
Last in my series of Salute re-visits is the display that for me has topped everything I have seen in my years going to the convention so far – the battle of Corunna 1809, a Napoleonic era engagement staged by the Essex Gamesters Robert Browning and Ron Ringrose.
Winner of the Salute Challenge Shield, obviously.